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Great Again

On Political Nostalgia

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This chapter examines nostalgia in modern democracies, where generalized nostalgia binds individuals into a mass movement through its vagueness. The dissonance between nostlagia and how politics is explicitly about controlling the future is discussed, along with how politics is also about controlling the message of the past, with the examples of Canada’s genocide of the Indigenous peoples that predate its forming, Italian history, and that of the dissolved Soviet Union.

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David Berry

David Berry is a writer and cultural critic in Edmonton. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, Toronto Life, and elsewhere, and he was an arts and culture columnist for the National Post for five years.